Biodiversity Days

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SAT 21.5. & SUN 22.5.2022 / 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(Linz, 17.5.2022) On Earth, there are countless ecosystems with a biodiversity whose complexity and interconnectedness can only be rudimentarily understood even by scientists. It is clear, however, that the influence of humans is having a massive impact on the diverse life forms and habitats. But can people’s environmental awareness be raised in the long term? Through rigid government programs, stirring research results or artistic approaches? A colorful program of guided tours, lectures, discussions and workshops awaits visitors to the Ars Electronica Center during the “Biodiversity Days” theme weekend. For example, so-called seed bombs will be made from water, clay and plant seeds to revitalize dreary green strips, or visitors can experience firsthand how leather-like materials are created from bacteria and fungi. The Biodiversity Days theme weekend is part of the “Microbiome 4 Future!” project and is financially supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Workshop: Microbes/ 5 years and older
SAT 21.05.: 11:00-11:30 AM & 1:30-2:00 PM / SUN 22.05: 10:30-11:00 AM & 4:00-4:30 PM

In this workshop, young participants immerse themselves in the fascinating world of microbes. By wiping fingers, pieces of plants and fruits on a special culture medium, the young researchers learn how to make microbes grow and what they can produce.

Workshop: From tea to leather / 10 years and older
SUN 21.5.: 1:00-2:30 PM

This workshop demonstrates how a leather-like material is created by fermenting tea. Whether for making clothing or as a membrane for loudspeakers, the applications of this process are wide-ranging. By the way, a by-product of this process is appreciated worldwide as a beverage: kombucha.

Workshop: DIY Seedbombs / 5 years and older
SAT 21.05.: 2: 00-3:30 PM

Just one meadow flower can feed up to ten butterflies, bees or bumblebees. Insects, in other words, that are of enormous importance for the ecosystem on earth and ultimately also for feeding humans. In this workshop, flower and herb seeds as well as clay and water are used to make so-called “seed bombs” that can be used to breathe life into traffic islands, fallow green spaces or dreary roadsides, for example.

Deep Space EVOLUTION – Uniview 3.0 / Foto: Florian Voggeneder, / Printversion

Deep Space EVOLUTION – Virtual Anatomy / Foto: Ars Electronica – Martin Hieslmair / Printversion

Lange Nacht der Forschung: In Zukunft zum Ernten ins Labor gehen? / Foto: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion